Law and Justice Department hosts 26th annual career day

Senior officer specialist Felix Respeto from the Federal Bureau of Prisons talks to Rowan students at career day.  -Staff photos/Kevin Kunzmann

Senior officer specialist Felix Respeto from the Federal Bureau of Prisons talks to Rowan students at career day. -Staff photos/Kevin Kunzmann

 

Law and Justice Department Internship Coordinator & Adviser Dr. Stanley Yeldell said he and his department are currently doing an analysis on 5,000 graduates with Rowan Law and Justice degrees from 1973 to 2008.

“So far, out of 472 that I have looked at, we have 20 lawyers, four in the FBI, 15 or more in state police and about 10 judges,” Yeldell said.

It’s those types of results that inspire the Rowan Law and Justice Career Day, which just hosted its 26th annual event on April 23 and saw the involvement of 23 different law-based agencies.

The event was sponsored by the Rowan chapter of Gamma Chi Sigma and Victims Awareness Society and organized by Yeldell, the clubs’ adviser. Yeldell said it was also the first year that regional representatives from agencies such as the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Pennsylvania State Police were present.

More importantly, Yeldell said, it was the first year the agencies were seeking employment from the student body.

“The majority of agencies are looking to open the door for students upon graduation,” Yeldell said. “It’s just fantastic.”

New Jersey State Police Sergeant and Rowan alumni Domingo De Los Santos, attending the fair for the first time, said the state police were present at the event with open job opportunities.

“[Students] have a rare opportunity here,” De Los Santos said. “They get to ask the proper questions in an informal setting — get the important questions out of the way in case they ever have a formal interview.”

It also provided an opportunity for short-term involvement with the agencies for underclassmen, such as junior law and justice major Kimberly Lindenmuth. 

“I’m looking for a couple of positions, like one for before graduation now and another for after, and I’m getting more information on what’s out there beforehand,” Lindenmuth said.

Yeldell said he anticipated about 250 to 300 students to filter through the fair throughout the day — a high total that Gamma Chi Sigma President Katrina McCullough said has to do with the timeliness.

“We do it in the spring because that’s when everybody comes out,” McCullough said. “Seniors are graduating and realize they need a job now, and other students want experience over the summer.”

The event also served as an award ceremony for two recipients. McCullough was presented the annual Presidential Award and DEA Special Agent Kirk Eleazer received the Gamma Chi Award for his six years of work with the Rowan Law and Justice Department.

“It’s nice to be recognized, obviously, but for me, the recognition that I enjoy is when past interns call me years later and tell me they landed a job,” Eleazer said. “That’s when you know you did something positive to affect somebody.”

Eleazer added that he appreciates the light the career day shines on his field of work.

“One of the things you see with law enforcement is the negative,” Eleazer said. “It’s always nice when you have the opportunity to show the positive part of it — helping young people achieve their life-long goal of going into law enforcement.”

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